Belk's ESB | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
545 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States
avbc.com

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Inspired by the classic “Bitters” from Great Britain, our Belk’s ESB is an innovative take on the style. With a deep, golden hue and big malty foundation, the spicy, herbal hop aromas and crisp, bitter bite give a West Coast flair to this classic recipe.

Formerly Boont ESB.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-25-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
545
Reviews:
356
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
11.9%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
14
For Trade:
0
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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Orange yellow color.aroma is slightly floral and hops. A really well crafted beer that replicated the style well. Very well balanced as the bitterness didn't overpower but complimented the other aspects of this brew. I'm not a fan of bitter beer but this one was so well made and balanced that is was very enjoyable

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Photo of tomb_ride
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Copper color, looks pretty, 3/5" white head. Aroma hit the bitter C hop and noble notes. Enjoyable.

Taste, one of my favorite esb's actually. More bitter than most. But not grating. Good tea biscuit pale malt usage. Crushing these is pretty nice. Hides the alcohol really well, its like an imperialized version of traditional esb, without going overboard. There wasn't too much difference between this and a lot of the uber bitter 90s ipas.

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Photo of Nichols33
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IPAbastard760
3.09/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gatorlove
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kitch
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 fl oz bottle with no visible best by or bottled date and poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a slightly hazy orangey copper colour with a one finger off white head that dissipates within a minute leaving some stringy lacing.

Aroma: A bit weak but what little I do get is caramel malts, some fruitiness like plum, pear, apple sauce and orange plus hints of mineral notes.

Taste: Strong caramel sweetness beginning and citrus grapefruit bitterness finish with hints of pine, grass and pepper in between.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with low carbonation and dry finish.

Overall: This was decent but nothing special. I think I may prefer it more if it had a little less of the caramel sweetness.

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Photo of killcore
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of threedaggers
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nick29
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mattias
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mmhannon
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Taby
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of crob3888
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of nh1e3c
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Phi_Psi_OR_Beta
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PhillyNole
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of LionHeart88
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of jakecattleco
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Alpha309
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of Greyhorse
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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Belk's ESB from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 545 ratings.
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